Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty FivePoetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma
Edited by David Austell & Kathleen D Gallagher
ISBN : 81-8250-0915 2017 Paperback pp 309 plus 24 Photo pages
Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet, Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma, is a testament to the power of words to inspire, encourage, and heal across vastly disparate cultures and distant places. Yuyu Sharma is a renowned poet and journalist from Kathmandu, Nepal/India. He is a clear example of the new world itinerancy of the modern poet, and the global efficacy of poetry, in that his world travels have touched the hearts and minds of thousands of people who have heard his readings around the world and read his words in print and on-line. In Eternal Snow, over a hundred of these have written poems about their intersections with Yuyu, and the result captured in Eternal Snow attests to the literary collisions, which occur when global poets meet. Eternal Snow is a singular, remarkable, and moving work of art, a festival of words, life and light.
“When you first meet Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, you are taken immediately by his quiet passion and reverence for the art and purpose of poetry, which, when taking the stage, he transforms into a voice that crosses continents and soars like the snow in wind that permeates “the solemn silence of sacred sounds” in his beloved Nepal. Through his intercession, poems become chants of eternality. He has sought the same in the poets represented in his anthology “Eternal Snow,” a hundred voices who, like him, give reverence to the power of words in translating truth through passion into a universal poetic of sacred sounds.”
–James Ragan, Distinguished American poet & Author of Too Long a Solitude & The Hunger Wall among others
Yuyu has touched the hearts and minds of a multitude of people and writers around the world, as evidenced in this wonderful book, Eternal Snow…The poetry included in this volume speaks to the constant intersections with Yuyu Sharma, collisions of persons, spirits, literary visions, affect and effect, all of which have at their center this remarkable person and precious talent. It is my delight and honor to be among such a cloud of witnesses.–David Austell in Preface to Eternal Snow
No matter where the poets live, from small city to large, to countryside or village, Yuyutsu’s poetry and teachings transform writers from across the world, allowing them to reach into their own writing dreams and visions. Indeed, each poet no matter his or her walk in life, whether professional poet, performer, professor, minister, or word-loving hairstylist who scribbles down thoughts about her love for her dying mother, all have discovered his or her own creative awakenings when encountering Yuyutsu Sharma’s work. Yuyutsu’s work has far-reaching effects in personal transformation.–Kathleen Gallagher in Introduction to Eternal Snow
David B. Austell, Ph.D. is Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in Teachers CollegeColumbia University (adjunct). David has over thirty years of executive leadership experience in International Education, and is a frequent writer and presenter in his professional field. David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education, focusing on International Education; his doctoral dissertation, The Birds in the Rich Forest, concerned Chinese students in the United States during the Student Democracy Movement. David was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan and Korea in 1992. He is also a poet, and his third book of poetry, The Tin Man (regarding the life of St. Joseph of Arimathea), is forthcoming from Nirala Press in 2017.
Kathleen D. Gallagher is a distinguished senior lecturer of English at the University of Akron/Wayne College, an award winning writer (2007 Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention for a feature article entitled “Cutting Storm,” and a 2011 Honorable Mention for her essay “Flying Objects” in the 2011 Writer’s Digest competition). She is also a poet with works in journals such as South Coast Poetry Journal: Issue #15 (Honorable Mention for “Focal Point” judged by writer/poet James Dickey). A self-taught collage artist, her work “Somewhere,” won honourable mention in the 2001 National Collage Society’s Postcard Contest, “Wishing You ETERNAL SNOW 276 Were Here.” A collage entitled “Bone Collage,” is posted in the September 2011 Hospital Drive: The literature and humanities journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Her collage “One Woman,” is now a cover for Pushcart nominee writer Michelle Reale’s book If All They Had Were Their Bodies, through Burning River Press, November 2011. She is a former NEOMFA creative writing student at Kent State University. Gallagher was a finalist in the First Grand Tournament event through Writing Knights Press which resulted in her first poetry chapbook, I See Things are Falling. She was nominated for a Pushcart prize in December 2012 through Writing Knights Press. In addition to her writing and art, Gallagher has edited several books: Footpaths to Ancient Campsites in Copley Township, Ohio (2006) by Robert Haag; and two books by Todd Allan Gates—Hunting, Gathering, and Videogames (2006) and Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer (2006)